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Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First
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Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First

Imagine you are driving on a highway late at night when a big-rig truck closes in behind you.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
From ACM Opinion

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs
From ACM News

Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs

Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box.

Robot's In-Hand Eye Maps Surroundings, Determines Hand's Location
From ACM TechNews

Robot's In-Hand Eye Maps Surroundings, Determines Hand's Location

Researchers have developed a new technology that includes a camera attached to a robot's hand that can rapidly create a three-dimensional model of its environment...

Abstinence May Not Be the Best Policy for Avoiding Online Risk
From ACM TechNews

Abstinence May Not Be the Best Policy for Avoiding Online Risk

A recent study found permitting teenagers to develop their own strategies for coping with risky online situations may be a better strategy than banning Internet...

Gentle Strength for Robots
From ACM TechNews

Gentle Strength for Robots

Researchers have developed an elastic actuator that is compliant and small enough to be integrated in robots. 

Fighting the Zika Virus With the Power of Supercomputing
From ACM TechNews

Fighting the Zika Virus With the Power of Supercomputing

Rutgers University researchers are taking a lead role in an IBM-sponsored World Community Grid project to identify potential drug candidates to cure the Zika virus...

Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance
From ACM News

Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even...

Technique Makes Holograms Highly Efficient, Secure
From ACM TechNews

Technique Makes Holograms Highly Efficient, Secure

Harvard University researchers have programmed polarization into compact holograms.

What the New Science of Touch Says about Ourselves
From ACM News

What the New Science of Touch Says about Ourselves

On a bitter, soul-shivering, damp, biting gray February day in Cleveland—that is to say, on a February day in Cleveland—a handless man is handling a nonexistent...

New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking
From ACM News

New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking

New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA...

America Is 'Dropping Cyberbombs'—But How Do They Work?
From ACM News

America Is 'Dropping Cyberbombs'—But How Do They Work?

Recently, United States Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work publicly confirmed that the Pentagon’s Cyber Command was "dropping cyberbombs," taking its ongoing...

We Know Where You Live
From ACM TechNews

We Know Where You Live

Researchers have demonstrated that snoopers armed with little sophisticated technology can expose the home and workplace addresses of Twitter users. 

Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People
From ACM TechNews

Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People

Stanford University researchers have developed a computer-vision algorithm that predicts the movement of people in a busy space. 

You Start 'Doing' Diversity by Using the Data
From ACM TechNews

You Start 'Doing' Diversity by Using the Data

The key to instilling true workplace diversity within an organization is data, according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. 

Study of U2 Could Help Music Fans Find What They're Looking For
From ACM TechNews

Study of U2 Could Help Music Fans Find What They're Looking For

Online music providers could use music fans' emotions to inform searches, recommendations, and playlists.

More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure
From ACM TechNews

More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure

More than 30 states will be hosting online voting systems by the time of the U.S. presidential election in November, but experts warn such systems are still insecure...

A Mathematical Proof Takes 200 Terabytes To State
From ACM News

A Mathematical Proof Takes 200 Terabytes To State

The latest example of proof by computer enters a new realm: a proof 200 terabytes in size.

NSA Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone
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NSA Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone

Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected...
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